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City of Heroes team rebranded as Paragon Studios

Ever since Cryptic Studios sold the City of Heroes IP to NCsoft, the guys and gals left working on the game have been known as NCsoft NorCal. No longer! Nowadays, we'll be calling those fine folks Paragon Studios, according to a recent press release. Of course, the most obvious reason for the name...

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April Fools' 09: City of Heroes goes old school

Have you ever felt that the character customization options in City of Heroes are just too much? Sometimes they can just be too overwhelming, right? I mean, who wants to sit there and make a character that looks different from everyone else? Seriously, that's such a burden. So NCsoft has solved...

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Captain Dynamic wants you to touch his 'awesome button'

We'd like to take this moment and declare our love for Rooster Teeth, because they have once again created something wonderful (probably by touching their awesome button) for City of Heroes' upcoming Mission Architect system. This is the first episode in a three part mini-series entitled Captain...

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NCsoft NorCal and ArenaNet weigh in on storytelling's future in MMOs

Our sister site Joystiq recently had the chance to speak with several developers about the future hurdles facing storytelling in games. Two members of the MMO industry were in the mix, and their views on how to tell a story in future MMOs are each a very focused snapshot at how City of Heroes and...

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The Digital Continuum: Why must MMOs die?

Sitting on my desk are copies of Earth and Beyond and Auto Assault. In fact, I've even got a CE box for Auto Assault (that thing cost me 80 bucks). Unfortunately, these games are just dust collectors now. I keep them to remind me of the possibility of sunset and how much it can suck. Even if you...

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Community manager for City of Heroes resigns

After making a statement about PvP changes in City of Heroes that didn't sit very well in the development team, community manager Lighthouse has decided to step down from his job and pursue other opportunities outside of NCsoft. Lighthouse had apologized for and retracted the statement made a week...

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City of Heroes Mission Architect moving to next year!

They didn't know it when they woke up this morning, but City of Heroes fans are about to have a really great day. That headline might make you think that there are going to be some disappointed folks today. Not so. Not at all. You see, while the Mission Architect is moving out to Issue 14 in early...

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CoX In-game Ads: The wrapup

DJ Shecky: I think this is a good spot for us to collect our thoughts, and go over and make sure that we've covered all these questions before we start to wrap things up. What about you guys? Brian: Sure. Lighthouse: Sounds good. DJ Shecky: Gentlemen, I think we were going to give everyone a...

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CoX In-game Ads: Selective placement, self-promotion

DJ Shecky: Somebody posted this one up on the Cape forums. Obviously there's a limited amount of places that ads can be placed in the Rogue Isles, etcetera. Are you going to be adding in more billboards? For instance, one of our DJs actually mentioned in our private chat, and I saw mentioned it out...

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CoX In-game Ads: The bandwidth/revenue equation

DJ Shecky: Do you guys have an idea yet of what sort of bandwidth consumption this is all going to wind up taking? Brian: So we're still running tests, but everything we've seen so far is that it's negligible. You really cannot see the difference. We've run tests on dial-up connections, we've run...

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